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Ernst Gruenfeld vs Rudolf Spielmann
Sopron (1934), Sopron HUN, Sep-??
Gruenfeld Defense: Opocensky Variation (D94)  ·  0-1


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  BlueMooner: Sensational speculative sacrifice 13...Nxe5! was fairly outrageous, particularly as it was seusequently followed by two further pawn sacrifices, but ultimately led to an unstoppable attack.
Aug-02-09  birthtimes: Spielmann's 12th move must have come as quite a shock to Gruenfeld, as it was the exact type of move that Gruenfeld thought he would be preventing by his 12th move!

Spielmann recognized that White was making too many pawn moves at the expense of development, and saw that a preventive, anti-castling sacrifice was called for.

As Spielmann explains in his innovative masterpiece, "The Art of Sacrifice in Chess," it is in most cases "highly advantageous to prevent the opponent from castling. This therefore calls for willingness, when opportunity offers, to sacrifice material. The King, confined to his original square, not only hinders the development of his own forces; his position also facilitates the immediate launching of the hostile attack. This is particularly the case if one or even two center files are open.

In order to create such a desirable state of affairs, the attacker need not shrink from giving up a Pawn and at times even a piece."

It is extremely refreshing to see that Spielmann most definitely practiced what he preached!

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